Grants for planning activities

Could your technology contribute to a better environment and help to reduce poverty? Do you want to explore a new market for your product?

A grant for planning activities can help you strengthen your partnerships and explore new market opportunities for your technology or business model.


A call for applications has now opened.

Last chance to apply for a Planning grant is 15 March 2019

An open call for applications is now available. Full applications for planning activities will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final application date (deadline), 15 March 2019 or until all programme funds have been used.

The sooner the better

Fixed evaluation dates have been established to guide applicants on when submitted applications will be collected and evaluated. Since this programme period will permanently close on 31 December 2019 and considering the limited funds that are available in the programme, we recommend applicants to submit project ideas as early as possible - before or at the following evaluation dates:

  • 9 September 2018
  • 21 October 2018
  • 16 January 2019
  • 15 March 2019

For further details, please read information on "calls for applications"



Applicants must fulfil the following eligibility requirements:

  • The main applicant must be a company or organisation based outside one of the 14 prioritized countries, and its partner organisation (the potential customer/buyer) must be legally registered in one of these 14 project countries.
  • The partners should have signed a Memorandum of Understanding or similar agreement before applying.
  • A company or organisation applying must be able to show professionalism and a sustainable business model. This can be done in several ways such as:
    • Show that the organisation have at least 3 employees and have been operating for about 3 years.
    • Show that the organisation exhibit sound finances and a reasonable turnover, or be able to show other sources of financing such as private equity.
    • Show that the technology is verified.
    • Show the technology readiness level.
    • Show that the organisation has the capacity to export the technology.
    • Other
  • We particularly encourage applications from small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Both partners should exhibit sound finances

Note that no organisation, private or public, is eligible for funds if it is involved in any of the following:

  • The manufacture of arms and/or their components
  • The tobacco industry
  • The alcohol industry


Applications are scored based on six key areas:

  • Impact
  • Technical solution
  • Market potential and commercial viability
  • Partners
  • Project plan, budget and risks
  • Additionality

More information about the key areas

Projects must fulfil the following eligibility requirements:

  • The project’s activities involve exploring new market opportunities, understanding local conditions, and strengthening partnerships.
  • The project involves the introduction of new technology or business models in one of the 14 available countries.
  • The technology in question has already been proven and sold in another market.

Examples on suitable project activities:

  • Feasibility studies or market research investigating rules and requirements relevant to the project country
  • Meetings with partners and other local stakeholders to draw up business plans or plan joint activities and projects
  • Capacity development and sharing of knowledge between the partners


Examples on the types of costs that can be covered by grants for Planning activities:

  • External services
  • Travel to the project country
  • Project auditing and accounting

The maximum amount available for a grant application referring to Planning activities is SEK 350,000. Grant applications for Planning activities does not require the availability of other sources of financing, although it may be considered favourable during the selection process.

Ineligible Costs

The following costs are not eligible for funding and will not be reimbursed:

  • Any costs incurred before the decision to award the grant is made
  • Any project costs incurred after 31 December 2019.
  • Wages and salaries for staff
  • Input materials intended for the continuous production of goods or services
  • Direct investments in inventory, real estate or land intended for the continuous production of goods or services
  • Overheads
  • Financial transaction fees, foreign exchange fees, interest payments, and other financial expenses
  • Representation and per diem for workshop participants
  • Duties, taxes, and statutory charges
  • Indirect costs